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phrasal verb [intransitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theygo up
he/she/itgoes up
present participlegoing up
past tensewent up
past participlegone up
  1. 1
    to increase

    We'd like to see the baby's weight going steadily up.

    The price of oil has gone up by over 50 per cent in less than a year.

  2. 2
    to be built

    A new office block is going up on Oxford Street.

  3. 3
    if something such as a notice or sign goes up somewhere, it is put in a place where people can see it

    Posters for the show are going up all over town.

  4. 4
    to start burning quickly or explode

    The whole building went up in just a few minutes.

    go up in flames:

    From the air, it looked as if the entire city was going up in flames.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of go up
  5. 5
    to travel towards the north

    Max goes up to Scotland to fish every summer.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of go up
    1. a.
      British to travel to a place that is larger or more important than the place that you are leaving

      Let's go up to London next week.

      Synonyms and related words for this sense of go up
  6. 7
    if a noise goes up from a group of people, they all start to make it
    go up from:

    A cheer went up from the crowd.

    Synonyms and related words for this sense of go up
  7. 9
    to be long or tall enough to reach a particular higher point or level
    go up to:

    The fire escape only went up to the second floor.

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